Clinicians’ Corner: Timely News and Information from the School of Behavioral Sciences

Jan 27, 2014 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

Happy New Year to everyone in the CalSouthern community, and welcome back to the Clinicians’ Corner. I am Kathleen Hawks, academic advisor for the School of Behavioral Sciences here at CalSouthern.

Each issue of the Clinician’s Corner highlights clinically relevant news of interest to School of Behavioral Sciences learners, faculty and alumni. So come here to stay “in the loop” for any clinically oriented information.

  • December’s Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference was everything we expected, and much more! For all of you who attended our CalSouthern “meet and greet,” thank you. We were excited to see so many current learners, faculty and alumni. We even had the opportunity to meet quite a few prospective learners, as well. Our enrollment advisors had a terrific time telling attendees about our wonderful educational offerings.  CalSouthern academic advisors and many of our outstanding faculty mentors were able to attend workshops and also be on hand to meet with learners and alumni, as well.

This conference has been described as the “Woodstock of psychology,” with the presenters as the rock stars. It’s an apt description. We were provided the rare opportunity to learn directly from renowned clinicians such as David Barlow, Judith and Aaron T. Beck, Claudia Black, Jon Carlson, Steven Frankel, John and Julie Gottman, Harville Hendrix, Sue Johnson, Otto Kernberg, Harriet Learner, Peter Levine, Donald Meichenbaum, Salvador Minuchin, Bill O’Hanlon, Ernest Rossi, Martin Seligman, Francine Shapiro, Michael Yapko, Irvin Yalom and our own amazing Dr. Jeffrey Zeig, just to name a few.

For those in the psychology community, the impact and memories of the experience will last a lifetime.

  • The beginning of the year is often a good time to reach out to potential practicum placements. Many conduct interviews for the year’s placements in January and February. Be sure to provide an approximate availability period based upon your pace and the anticipated completion of the other courses in your degree program. Remember also that the personal therapy requirement is a prerequisite for your practicum. Please see the Practicum Handbook found in the CalSouthern Learning Center’s “resources” section and consult with your academic advisor for more information.
  • The CalSouthern Master Lecture Series is now in its fifth year, and the 2014 presentations are off to a fantastic start. On January 17, faculty mentor Dr. Stacie Dilts-Harryman delivered an extremely informative and engaging lecture titled, “Therapeutic Relationships in the Age of Social Media.” She introduced attendees to basic information on social media that no therapist should be without before exploring the implications of social media on a therapeutic level, as well as its impact on therapeutic relationships. The next two lectures on the calendar are no less compelling. Please visit the MLS section on our website and scan your email boxes for invitations to the February 14 presentation, “The Drummer’s Manifesto: Empowering your Musical Brain for Optimal Health,” with Pamela Lynn-Seraphim, as well as the event on March 14, titled “Healing Distressed Relationships and Helping Love to Flourish,” featuring Colleen Kelly. There’s never a fee for a Master Lecture Series event, and attendees can attend live in person or via streaming video, or view past lectures in our archives.


Until next time, I wish you and yours a 2014 filled with laughter, love and learning!



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